First Thing, Daily Maverick's flagship newsletter

Join the 230 000 South Africans who read First Thing newsletter.

We'd like our readers to start paying for Daily Maverick

More specifically, we'd like those who can afford to pay to start paying. What it comes down to is whether or not you value Daily Maverick. Think of us in terms of your daily cappuccino from your favourite coffee shop. It costs around R35. That’s R1,050 per month on frothy milk. Don’t get us wrong, we’re almost exclusively fuelled by coffee. BUT maybe R200 of that R1,050 could go to the journalism that’s fighting for the country?

We don’t dictate how much we’d like our readers to contribute. After all, how much you value our work is subjective (and frankly, every amount helps). At R200, you get it back in Uber Eats and ride vouchers every month, but that’s just a suggestion. A little less than a week’s worth of cappuccinos.

We can't survive on hope and our own determination. Our country is going to be considerably worse off if we don’t have a strong, sustainable news media. If you’re rejigging your budgets, and it comes to choosing between frothy milk and Daily Maverick, we hope you might reconsider that cappuccino.

We need your help. And we’re not ashamed to ask for it.

Our mission is to Defend Truth. Join Maverick Insider.

Support Daily Maverick→
Payment options

Southern Sudan chooses Freedom anthem, Idols style

Defend Truth

Southern Sudan chooses Freedom anthem, Idols style

Late on Sunday the field of contestants to provide the music for Southern Sudan's national anthem was narrowed down to three. Joseph Abuk, chairman of the technical committee overseeing the anthem, said southern officials and the army would have the final choice. The words for the anthem have already been finalised, containing such hopeful lyrics as: "Sing songs of freedom with joy, for peace, liberty and justice shall forever reign." A bit like writing your anthem before you've got your secession. A referendum on the split is supposed to take place on 9 January, although it is far from certain if this will in fact happen, owing to unhappiness concerning the electoral register, among other issues. Read more: Sapa, via Times Live

Gallery

Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted